(That Thing I Do)

Day 55/365: Wake Up

At many points in my life, I found myself living in a really bad dream. You know, when you just one day suddenly come to the realization that you’re in a place that’s so far from where you could be. Lost. Desolate. Purposeless. A feeling far beyond merely hating your job or really wanting more out of life. It’s the kind of cold surreal feeling that I imagine death would feel like. The feeling paralyzes me. My body trembles as long as I wake, I feel nauseous with every thought that fleets through my mind, and every breath feels suffocated. I can’t work. I can’t sleep.

How do I escape the nightmare? Eventually the fear gets so intense that I just wake up, and decide to do something about it. I’d do whatever that might have worked. Nothing could be scarier or more difficult than the reality I would otherwise have to keep facing.

You know what? It’s never as “impossible” as it seemed at first. All I needed was enough fear to wake me up from the nightmare. That’s the first step to making dreams come true.

“If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.” – J. M. Power